Before I began designing jewelry in 2009, I taught English in Japan, earned my master's in library science and worked in market research for a high tech company. When I moved to Oregon's coastal mountains, a series of fortunate events led me to learn metalsmithing, and I've been hooked and making it full-time ever since.
About My Work
My work is hand fabricated in sterling silver with other metals and gemstones added for color. Texture and oxidation are my favorite design elements. I love the way they work together with the oxidation emphasizing textures and highlighting the color of the metals.
I oxidize (antique, patina) all my work. This gives it a darker, more antique look than shiny silver and it emphasizes all those textures that I love using. It's also what happens to silver naturally as it ages, so as your jewelry ages, it will continue to look good. When not wearing your jewelry, storing it in an airtight location will slow this tarnishing process. If/when your piece becomes darker than you'd like, you can use most cleaning and polishing cloths to clean. Please do not immerse in liquid silver cleaner, or you will remove all the oxidation. And please feel free to contact me with questions or send me your piece and let me clean and refinish it for you, no charge!
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